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Part XXXI. Index to Trivialia Under Genera, pp.417-654 (Diabasis (Col.)-Lyurus).
Topics: Animals, Zoology
Books 1-2 and books 3-5 are paged continuously
Topics: Geometry, Music
Another edition (pirated) was issued in the same year in Frankfurt, Germany, "in Paltheniano"
Topics: Astronomy, Telescopes, Early works to 1800, Early works to 1800
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Seba, Albertus, 1665-1736; Boerhaave, Herman, 1668-1738; Gaubius, Hieronymus David, 1705?-1780; Massuet, Pierre, 1698-1776; Jancourt, L; Musschenbroek, Petrus van, 1692-1761; Artedi, Peter, 1705-1735; Tanjé, P., 1706-1761, ill; Portalis, J. M., former owner. DSI; Carolyn Horton & Associates, binder. DSI
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statement of responsibility: Ex toto terrarum orbe collegit, digessit, descripsit, et depingendum curavit Albertus Seba
Topics: Natural history, Natural history
Smithsonian Libraries
by Kepler, Johannes, 1571-1630; Brahe, Tycho, 1546-1601; Rudolph II, emperor of Germany, 1552-1612; Bute, John Stuart, Earl of, 1713-1792, former owner. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Caspar. M. Bibl. Kepleriana
Topics: Astronomy, Planetary theory
"Accedunt et indices secundum diuersas linguas in fine libris."
Topics: Zoology, Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians
Smithsonian Libraries
by Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727; Streater, Joseph, fl. 1687-1688, printer; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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The second and third books were apparently printed by different printers, as indicated by the different type in the headings and the break in paging between the two books
Topics: Mechanics, Celestial mechanics, Gravitation
509 full page woodcuts (included in pagination); portraits of author (title page verso) and illustrators (penultimate leaf recto)
Topics: Botany, Botany, Medical, Plants, Early works to 1800
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Prüss, Johann, 1449-1510; Bright, James Franck, 1832-1920, former owner. DSI; Lyell, James Patrick Ronaldson, b. 1871, former owner. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Imprint from Goff
Topics: Materia medica, Medicine, Medieval, Botany, Medical, Botany, Minerals in pharmacology
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Theophrastus; Theophrastus. De causis plantarum. Latin; Gazēs, Theodōros, ca. 1400-ca. 1475; Merula, Giorgio, d. 1494; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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statement of responsibility: per Theodorum Gazam in Latinum ex Craeco [i.e. Graeco] sermone versus. [Theophrasti De causis planta[rum] liber I[-VI]]
Topic: Botany
Community Texts
by Ray, John, 1627-1705; Camel, Georg Joseph, 1661-1706; Tournefort, Joseph Pitton de, 1656-1708; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Tomes 1-2 paged continuously: 14 p. l. (1st blank), 983, [1] blank (and two leaves inserted repeating p. 59-62); t. 2: 4 p. l., p. 985-1944, [35],[1] blank
Topic: Botany
statement of responsibility: Ex toto terrarum orbe collegit, digessit, descripsit, et depingendum curavit Albertus Seba ...
Topics: Pre-Linnean works, Pictorial works
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Cesalpino, Andrea, 1524 or 5-1603; Marescotti, Giorgio, fl. 1563-1601, printer; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Title page vignette (printer's device), with motto: Et vult et potest
Topics: Botany, Plants
statement of responsibility: Ex toto terrarum orbe collegit, digessit, descripsit, et depingendum curavit Albertus Seba ...
Topics: Pre-Linnean works, Pictorial works
Published also under title: Astronomia instaurata, libris sex comprehensa, qui De revolutionibus orbium coelestium inscribuntur. Nunc ... restituta ... studio d. Nicolai Mulerii
Topic: Astronomy
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[186] leaves in various foliations : 30 x 38 cm. (fol.)
Topics: Engraving, Engraving, Belgian, Inventions, Christian ethics, Conduct of life, Silkworms, Industrial...
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by Galvani, Luigi, 1737-1798; Volta, Alessandro, 1745-1827, former owner. DSI; Zambelli, J., fl. 1791, ill; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Plates signed: J. Zambelli fecit
Topics: Early works to 1850, Electrophysiology, Electricity
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by Apian, Peter, 1495-1552; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Signatures: A-N⁴
Topic: Cosmography
First published with text and title pages in both French and Latin
Topics: Animals, Zoology
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by Spalowsky, Joachim Johann Nepomuk, 1752-1797
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Parallel Latin and German texts, in double columns
Topics: Mollusks, Mollusks
Another edition (pirated) was issued in the same year in Frankfurt, Germany, "in Paltheniano"
Topics: Astronomy, Telescopes
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Brünnich, M. Thr. (Morten Thrane), 1737-1827; Stejneger, Leonhard, 1851-1943, former owner. DSI
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Latin and Danish
Topic: Zoology
Community Texts
by Ray, John, 1627-1705; Camel, Georg Joseph, 1661-1706; Tournefort, Joseph Pitton de, 1656-1708; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Tomes 1-2 paged continuously: 14 p. l. (1st blank), 983, [1] blank (and two leaves inserted repeating p. 59-62); t. 2: 4 p. l., p. 985-1944, [35],[1] blank
Topic: Botany
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by Regiomontanus, Joannes, 1436-1476; Ptolemy, 2nd cent. Almagest; Abiosi, Giovanni, 15th cent; Peurbach, Georg von, 1423-1461; Grossch, Caspar, 15th cent; Roemer, Stephanus, 15th cent; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Woodcut title (leaf a1 recto)
Topics: Regiomontanus, Joannes, 1436-1476, Astronomy, Mathematics, Greek
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by Hevelius, Johannes, 1611-1687; Stech, Andreas, 1635-1697
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Some plates by the author; some by I. Saal after A. Stech. Added engr. t.p. (repeated in vols., byJ. Falck after A. Boy. Portrait in v. 2) by L. Visscher after A. Stech
Topics: Early works to 1800, Astronomy
Biodiversity Heritage Library
by Valentini, Michael Bernhard, 1657-1729; Camerarius, Rudolf Jakob, 1665-1721. De sexu plantarum epistola; Zunner, Johann David, fl. ca. 1653-1705, publisher
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Title in red and black
Topics: Fertilization of plants, Medicine, Moxa, Enema
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by Brahe, Tycho, 1546-1601; Wilhelm IV, Landgrave of Hesse, 1532-1592; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Book 1, containing the astronomical correspondence between T. Brahe and Wilhelm IV, Landgrave of Hesse
Topic: Astronomy
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by Guericke, Otto von, 1602-1686; Wilson, W. E. (William Edward), 1851-1908, former owner. DSI; Evans, Herbert M. (Herbert McLean), 1882-1971, former owner. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Includes an added engraved t.p., a portrait frontispiece, one folded leaf of plates inserted between p. 26 and 27, and one double plate printed on two leaves inserted between p. 104 and 105. There are also numerous engravings printed on some of the text leaves
Topics: Science, Pneumatics, Magdeburg experiments
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by Besson, Jacques, Dauphinois; Béroalde de Verville, b. 1556; Androuet du Cerceau, Jacques, fl. 1549-1584, engraver; Boyvin, René, ca. 1525-ca. 1598, engraver; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Spine title: Bessoni Theatrum machinarum
Topics: Mechanical engineering, Machinery
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by Brahe, Tycho, 1546-1601
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Signatures: )::(⁴A-E⁶F⁴ G-H⁶I⁴
Topics: Early works to 1800, Astronomical instruments, Astronomical observatories
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by Bartholomaeus, Anglicus, 13th century; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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On vellum with initials rubricated in red and blue; page one of text has two illuminated initial letters and marginal decorations with figures
Topics: Science, Medieval, Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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by Straet, Jan van der
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259 leaves of plates in various foliations : 28 x 34 cm
Topics: Hunting, Industrial arts, Silkworms, Engraving, Discovery and exploration, Bible -- Illustrations...
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by Ray, John, 1627-1705; Camel, Georg Joseph, 1661-1706; Tournefort, Joseph Pitton de, 1656-1708; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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statement of responsibility: auctore, Joanne Raio
Topic: Botany
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by Brahe, Tycho, 1546-1601
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Signatures: )::(⁴A-E⁶F⁴ G-H⁶I⁴
Topics: Astronomical instruments, Astronomical observatories
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by Hevelius, Johannes, 1611-1687; Stech, Andreas, 1635-1697
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Some plates by the author; some by I. Saal after A. Stech. Added engr. t.p. (repeated in vols., byJ. Falck after A. Boy. Portrait in v. 2) by L. Visscher after A. Stech
Topic: Astronomy
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Bound in folio sheet of music (1075-1125?)
Topics: Physics, Physics -- Early works to 1800
Biodiversity Heritage Library
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Signatures: a⁶ b-c⁴
Topics: Pre-Linnean works, Zoology
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by Aldrovandi, Ulisse, 1522-1605?, author; Bernia, Marco Antonio, active 1638-1661, publisher; Tebaldini, Nicolò, active 1602-1649, printer; Coriolano, Giovanni Battista, -1649, engraver; Ambrosini, Bartolommeo, 1588-1657. Paralipomena accuratissima historiae omnium animalium; Hoeven, J. van der, (Physician), active 1923, former owner; Beckwith, J. Bruce, 1933-, donor; Browning, Nancy Gay, donor; Saintyves, P. (Pierre), 1870-1935, bookseller; Jeremy Norman & Co., bookseller; Beckwith-Browning-Peterson Teratology Collection (Smithsonian Libraries)
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2 volumes in 1 : 36 cm (folio)
Topics: Teratology, Monsters, Human anatomy, Abnormalities, Human, Animals, Abnormalities, Plants, Natural...
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by Gauss, Carl Friedrich, 1777-1855
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XVIII, 668, [10] p. ; 21 cm
Topic: Number theory
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by Ørsted, Hans Christian, 1777-1851; Pedersen, P. O., inscriber. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Caption title; printer from colophon
Topics: Early works to 1850, Early works to 1800, Electricity, Electromagnetism
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by Jungius, Joachim, 1587-1657; Fogel, Martin, 1634-1675; Vaget, Johann, 1633-1691; Aromatari, Giuseppe degli, 1587-1660. Epistola de generatione plantarum ex seminibus; Albrecht, Johann Sebastian, 1695-1774; Nant, Bartholomew; Burndy Library, donor. DSI; William Wesley & Son, bookseller. DSI
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Head-pieces; initials; side-notes
Topics: Botany, Germination
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by Gessner, Conrad, 1516-1565; Gessner, Conrad, 1516-1565. De omni rerum fossilium genere, gemmis, lapidibus, metallis, et huiusmodi, libri aliquot; Constable, William, former owner. DSI; Bayer, Frederick M., former owner. DSI
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Leaves are printed on both sides
Topics: Mineralogy, Precious stones
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by Rhäticus, Georg Joachim, 1514-1576; Schöner, Johann, 1477-1547; Zell, Heinrich, d. 1564; Rhode, Franz, fl. 1528-1559, publisher; Schöner, Johann, 1477-1547, former owner. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Caption on leaf [2]: Clarissimo viro D. Ioanni Schonero, vt parenti suo colendo, G. Ioachimus Rheticus, S.D
Topics: Copernicus, Nicolaus, 1473-1543, Astronomy
Community Texts
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The added engraved t.p. is signed: R. White sculp
Topics: Plant anatomy, Embryology
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by Straet, Jan van der, 1523-1605, illustrator; Galle, Philippe, 1537-1612, engraver; Collaert, Jan, 1566-1628, engraver; Mallery, Karel van, 1571-approximately 1635, printer of plates
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Engraved title leaf and 19 numbered prints illustrating new inventions and discoveries
Topics: Engraving, Engraving, Belgian, Inventions, Discovery and exploration
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Added t.-p.: An essay upon various arts, in three books, by Theophilus, called also Rugerus, priest and monk, forming an encyclopædia of Christian art of the eleventh century. Translated, with notes, by Robert Hendrie. London, J. Murray, 1847
Topics: Art, Christian art and symbolism, Technology
"Organorum generationis structura in iis molluscis quae Gasteropoda pneumonica a Cuvierio dicta sunt."
Topics: Gastropoda, Gastropoda
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by Gilbert, William, 1544-1603; Wright, Edward, 1558?-1615; Short, Peter, d. 1603, printer; Perrin de Sanson, Alexis Ferréol, former owner. DSI; Francke, Abrahamus, former owner. DSI; Aguesseau, H. Fr. d' (Henri François), 1668-1751, former owner. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Head- and tail-pieces; initials
Topics: Early works to 1850, Early works to 1800, Electricity, Magnetism, Scientific apparatus and...
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by Boethius, -524; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Provenance: Bern Dibner (donor)
Topics: Early works to 1900, Arithmetic
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by Huygens, Christiaan, 1629-1695; Vlacq, Adriaan, 1600-1667, printer; Hollingworth, Jacob, 17th century, former owner. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Engraved illustrations appear together with the text on the following pages: 6, 8, 10, 11, 16, 18, 21, 24, 55, and 60. There are also several woodcuts throughout
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by Pierre, de Maricourt, 13th cent; Gasser, Achilles Pirmin, 1505-1577; Ulhart, Philipp, d. 1567 or 8, printer; Burndy Library, donor. DSI; Sangorski & Sutcliffe, binder. DSI
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The first printed edition of Pierre's text on the magnet, popularly known as Epistola de magnete
Topics: Magnetism, Perpetual motion, Compass, Astronomical instruments
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by Revelli, Philippo; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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T.p. : Gasparis Antonii Manera clerici / 1757
Topics: Arithmetic, Algebra, Early works to 1800, Geometry
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by Newton, Isaac, 1642-1727; Maier, Michael, 1568?-1622; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Burndy Ms. no. 14
Topic: Alchemy
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statement of responsibility: Adjecta est sciatericorum, & artis navigandi ratio novis instrumentis, & inventionibus illustrata.
Topics: Early works to 1800, Early works to 1800
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Another issue of the same year without the subtitle with "ex abditis ... hausta"
Topics: Numerology, Symbolism of numbers, Mathematics, History, History
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by Huygens, Christiaan, 1629-1695; Vlacq, Adriaan, 1600-1667, printer; Hollingworth, Jacob, 17th century, former owner. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Engraved illustrations appear together with the text on the following pages: 6, 8, 10, 11, 16, 18, 21, 24, 55, and 60. There are also several woodcuts throughout
Translation of: Unterweisung der Messung
Topics: Measurement, Lettering, Alphabet, Geometrical drawing, Perspective
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by Bacon, Roger, 1214?-1294; Jebb, S. (Samuel), 1694?-1772; Bowyer, William, 1663-1737, printer; Clark, active 1633, engraver; Gurney, Hudson, 1775-1864, former owner. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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statement of responsibility: ex ms. Codice Dubliniensi, cum aliis quibusdam collato, nunc primum edidit S. Jebb, M.D
Topics: Philosophy, Medieval, Science, Medieval, Scholasticism
[348] leaves ; 31 cm. (fol.)
Topics: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, Science, Medieval, Cosmology, Medieval, Illumination of books and...
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by Lucretius Carus, Titus; Fridenperger, Paulus, printer; Liechtenstein, former owner. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Title from incipit of leaf a2
Topics: Philosophy, Ancient, Didactic poetry, Latin, Physics, Illumination of books and manuscripts
First published in 1546
Topics: Geology, Paleontology, Mineralogy
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Provenance: Bern Dibner (donor)
Topics: Medicine, Medieval, Science, Medicine, Ancient
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by Ptolemy, active 2nd century; Servetus, Michael, 1511?-1553; Pirckheimer, Willibald, 1470-1530; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Colophon: Viennæ : Excudebat Gaspar Trechsel, 1541
Topics: Geography, Ancient, Early maps, Geography
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by Boethius, -524; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Title from colophon, leaf 45v, which reads: Explicit liber Boetij. Deo gra[tia]s ammen. A. S. C
Topics: Philosophy and religion, Happiness, Palimpsests
Title from incipit (leaf [2] recto); place of publication and printer's statement from Goff
Topics: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, Science, Medieval, Cosmology, Medieval, Incunabula
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by Nicetas, physician; Hippocrates; Galen; Oribasius; Guidi, Guido, ca. 1500-1569; Primaticcio, Francesco, 1504-1570, ill; Santorinos, Jean, ill; Jollat, engraver; Gaultier, Pierre, printer; Uytterhoeven, Andrâe, former owner. DSI; Schavye, J., binder. DSI
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Translation, by Guido Guidi [i.e. Vidus Vidius], of original Greek ms. written by Nicetas, a Byzantine physician, perhaps at the request of the Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus (905-959). This ms. contained the most complete collection, up to that time, of Galen's commentaries on the surgical works of Hippocrates. Guidi added his own commentaries upon those parts of Hippocrates' work not covered by Galen. Cf. Brown; Mortimer; Osler
Topics: Surgery, Medicine, Ancient
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by Torricelli, Evangelista, 1608-1647
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Paging irregular: no. 79-80 of "De dimensione parabolae" omitted; p. 151 of "Appendix" numbered 115
Topics: Geometry, Mechanics
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by Dumas, Bernard; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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statement of responsibility: Bernardi Dumas
Topic: Science
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by Moreni, Maria[?]no; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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statement of responsibility: lecta a. P. Maria[?]no Moreni
Topics: Electricity, Physics
Signatures: [par.] A-Tttttt (Tttttt blank)
Topics: Criticism, History
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by Euclid; Adelard, of Bath, approximately 1090-approximately 1160; Campanus, Johannes; Adams, Katharine, 1862-1952, binder. DSI; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Translated from Arabic by Adelardus, of Bath, edited by Giovanni Campano. While books I-XIII are genuine (Cf. Th. Heath. The thirteen books of Euclid's Elements. 1956, v. 3, p. 519), book XIV is a work of the 2d cent. by Hypsicles and book XV, the work of a Roman land-surveyor of the 6th cent
Topics: Mathematics, Greek, Geometry, Incunabula
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by Speri, Joseph; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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statement of responsibility: ab admodum r[evere]ndo do[mi]no Joseph Speri in Seminario Archiepiscopali S. Georgii philosophiae et S. theologiae lectore, preclarissime explicata, ac a Joanne Camera Plumbinensi exarata
Topic: Physics
Title vignette
Topics: Light, Physics, Astronomy
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by Isidore, of Seville, Saint, -636; Burndy Library, donor
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[528] p. : 33 cm. (fol.)
Topics: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, Incunabula, Encyclopedias and dictionaries -- Early works to 1600,...
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by Pezzana, Nicolò, active 1701-1767, publisher, printer; Kungl. Svenska vetenskapsakademien, sponsor; Burndy Library, donor. DSI
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Engraved vignette signed "B.F.S." on title page, with motto: Ex omnibus unum
Topics: Science, Natural history